Leading Causes of Death among Latino Population

New York Finger Lakes Region

The table shows the number of deaths, average age at time of death, and total years of potential life lost (YPLL) for the five leading causes of death among Latino residents from 2018-2020. Cancer and heart disease are the top causes of death for all Latinos in the Finger Lakes region. However, unintentional drug overdoses are the leading cause of premature death, with the most years of potential life lost and the lowest average age at time of death. 

This data visualization is part of Unheard: How Silencing Latino Voices Harms Latino Health Equity.

Methodology note: Years of potential life lost (YPLL) is a widely used measure to assess the rate of premature mortality. YPLL places a larger weight on the deaths of younger people, in contrast with overall mortality statistics which are dominated by deaths of the elderly. The YPLL rates in Common Ground Health analyses are derived using 75 years as the baseline. A death at age 65 has YPLL of 10, where as a death at age 35 has a YPLL of 40. The rates are calculated per 100,000 population and are age-sex adjusted to account for differences in population distribution.

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